• Rachel Shoemaker

8 Hidden Gems of the Greek Isles

Santorini is the jewel of the Greek Isles and is one of the most visited places on the world. It ranks right at the top of most traveler's bucket lists and has proven enormously popular for destination weddings, honeymooners, and romantic getaways. While Santorini deserves such popularity for her breathtaking vistas, delicious food, and arguably the world's best sunsets, there are actually over 1400 islands in the warm waters off the coast of Greece. With so many other islands to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, I have put together this quick guide to eight other fabulous islands worth visiting if Greece is calling your name.

Best nightlife: Mykonos, also known as ‘The Island of the Winds’, is world renowned for it's vibrant nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are popular party destinations where clothing is optional, and the LGBT scene is major. There are male go-go dancers everywhere and parties typically last all night. July and August are the main months for tourism and the wildest parties.

Best traditional village life: The island of Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades and has a little over 6,500 inhabitants spread out across 20 small villages. Naxos has ancient towers, paved streets and has maintained its unique Venetian architecture.

Best beaches: Located in the Aegan Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island that is rich in minerals as well as history. Firopotamos, Kastanas and Paliorema are some top beach destinations in Milos. The white-washed Cycladic villages and black sands are picturesque backdrops. Although some may be only accessible by boat, there are over 80 mini beaches throughout Milos that you can explore.

Best for nature lovers: Ikaria has some of the world’s most pristine and untouched nature territories. The healthy lifestyle of its inhabitants has led to the island being identified as a place that promotes long life and better overall health.

Best kiteboarding and windsurfing: With gusty winds kicking up waves that can be seen from a mile away; Paros island is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing sports goers. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches where the sport is practiced. The Thalasea Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the sport.

Best Robinson Crusoe destination: Koufonisia is comprised of two islands, Pano (upper) and Kato (lower). The preferred way to navigate the area is by foot or cycling as everything is within walking distance. The island has a museum and many sightseeing options.

Best couples getaway: Folegandros does not get the crowded tourist scene as most Greek towns do. They have a broad selection of restaurants and cafes. Chora is the main village and has been preserved well, with beautiful open landscapes and clifftop housing.

Best food: Cuisine on the island of Crete focuses on all-natural ingredients and can be enjoyed at any local tavern throughout the islands. Some local dishes you simply must try include Dakos, Gamopilafo, Mizithropita and Apaki.

Now you’re all set! With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts and rich history. There is much to enjoy. If you want to plan to trip to any of these unique destinations give us a call or send an email!


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